School Information

Welcome

We at Pittman Center Elementary wish to create the best possible learning environment for all the students of our school. We want Pittman Center Elementary to be a school where every student will be safe and able to learn to the best of his or her ability. All parents and students are encouraged to talk with the school principal, teachers, and staff about any aspect of the school program.

Legal Information

The Sevier County School System does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status in provision of educational opportunities, programs, activities, or employment opportunities and benefits.

- Vehicles parked on school property by students or visitors are subject to search for drugs, drug paraphernalia, or dangerous weapons. T.C.A. 49-6-4204

- No person shall enter onto the grounds or into the buildings of any school during the hours of school instruction, except students assigned to the school, parents of students, and other persons with lawful and valid business on the school premises. T.C.A. 49-6-2008

-A student may be subject to physical search because of the results of a locker search, or because of information received from a teacher, staff member, student, or other person, if such action is reasonable to the principal. T.C.A. 49-6-4205

- Felony. State law prescribes a maximum penalty of six (6) years imprisonment and a fine not to exceed three thousand dollars ($3000) for carrying weapons on school property. T.C.A. 39-17-1309

-Chapter 410 of the Public Acts of 2007- Smoking is not permitted in any form at any time inside any school building. State law prohibits the use of tobacco in any form after regular school hours in any public seating areas, including, but not limited to, bleachers for sporting events, concession stands, or public restrooms. Smoking may be permitted in designated areas at outdoor athletic events, but such smoking must be restricted to a place far enough away from the seating areas, restrooms, and concession stands so that the smoke will not drift back into these areas.


School Hours

The school will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Parents bringing students to school should drop them off no earlier than 7:00 a.m. Parents picking students up should do so by 3:30 p.m. Breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m. Classes begin at 8:15 am. Classes end at 3:15 p.m.

Entrance Requirements

1. Birth certificate - All entering students need a valid birth certificate.

2. Immunizations - Every student must provide proof of all necessary immunizations. Transfer students from out-of-state must have a Tennessee Certificate of Immunization. This may be obtained from the Sevier County Health Department or other health care provider

3. Records release - Parents of transfer students need to sign a records release form so that records can be obtained from previous schools.

4. Age - Children must be four or five years old on or before August 15 in order to attend kindergarten or Pre-K.

General Policies on Conduct

  • All Staff members have not only the right but also the responsibility and duty to reprimand or correct a student whom is misbehaving. Disrespect by students toward any staff member will not be tolerated. We believe respect for all staff members should be shown by students at all times.
  • Students should be present and on time each school day. Daily attendance and punctuality are essential for good work and progress.
  • In class, good citizenship means students always do assignments, bring materials to class and, in general, conduct themselves in an acceptable manner.
  • Boy-Girl relationships are a natural part of growing up. However, we feel that obvious or open displays of affection (kissing, holding hands, arms around each other, and so forth) are not appropriate in the school, on buses, on school grounds, or on field trips.
  • Obscene or vulgar language or gestures will not be tolerated; Name-calling in unacceptable behavior.
  • Damage, destruction, or defacing of school property will not be tolerated.
  • Chewing gum is not permitted on campus.
  • Any electronic devices, including cell phones, radios, tape recorders, cameras, skateboards, baseball cards or any type of trading or collectable cards and other valuable possessions should not be brought to school. Students are not permitted to bring items to sell at school. Pittman Center Elementary School cannot be held responsible for any lost or missing items.
  • Students may not drive any motorized vehicle to school.
  • Students will not be allowed to take part in any after school activity if they are not in school on that day.


Homework Policy

We believe homework is important because it is a valuable aid in helping students make the most of their experience in school. We give homework because it reinforces what has been taught in class, prepares students for upcoming lessons and helps students develop self-discipline, responsibility, and organizational skills.

We expect students to follow this guideline when completing homework assigments:

  • All assignments will be completed.
  • Students are responsible for making up homework missed due to absence.
  • Homework will be turned in on time.
  • Students will turn in work that is neatly done.
  • Every homework assignment will be given for a specific purpose. Not all homework will be evaluated for grading purposes. Each assignment, however, will be reviewed for accuracy or quality. Homework can be a factor in the determination of the daily grade.
  • Each teacher will clearly define his/her homework policies and expectations to students. This definition will include information about making up missed work, effect on grades, expectation about quality, etc. As the word "homework" implies, there must be a close and supportive relationship between home and school relating to homework. Parents are urged to provide encouragement, as well as time, for students to participate in this important component of education.

Attendance

Every student is expected to attend school regularly and be on time. School Board Policy excuses absences for the following reasons:

1. Personal illness;

2. Illness of an immediate family member;

3. Death in the family;

4. Extreme weather conditions;

5. Religious observances;

6. School bus failures;

7. Circumstances which, in the judgement of the principal, create emergencies over which the student has no controL

8. Family vacations. (The principal may approve up to five days; additional days must be approved by the Board. The principal should be notified in advance.)

When a student is absent or tardy, a note should be sent by the parent to the principal explaining the absence. Students will be given an "Admit to Class" form which will be signed by the teacher and returned to the child. Students must enter or exit no later than or earlier than 11:51 a.m. to be counted present for the day.

Students who accumulate five unexcused absences will be referred to the truant officer.

An excessive number of tardies will result in disciplinary action.

Band

Band is an elective subject offered to students in grades 5-8. Enrollment is for the full year. Each student will provide his own instrument. If a lease-purchase agreement is desired, please contact one of the band instructors for details.

Interscholastic Sports

Pittman Center Elementary sponsors basketball teams for seventh and eighth grade boys and girls. It also sponsors seventh and eighth grade girls' volleyball. All teams participate in regular season games and various tournaments.

Field Trips

All grades will participate in educational field trips. The same good manners and rules of conduct that apply at school and on the bus will be expected of students participating on field trips. Information concerning the purpose of the trip, place to be visited, cost, chaperones, etc., will be sent to parents in a timely manner. Students participating in field trips must turn in a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian. Telephone calls for permission will not be accepted.

4-H Club

The Sevier County Extension Office provides programs for grades 4-8. 4-H activities center on hobbies and farm and home projects.

PTO

Pittman Center has an active PTO. The Fall Festival is the major fund-raiser sponsored by the PTO. Proceeds are used to provide students with learning materials and equipment. Please watch for parent notes concerning meeting dates and times.

Student Honors

Following each grading period, students will be awarded certificates and other incentives for Honor Roll (all A's and B's) and perfect attendance. Our yearly awards program recognizes those students with outstanding achievement. Awards will be given to those students who make the Honor Roll each six weeks, maintain perfect attendance, or place in school-wide academic competition. Certificates will be given to those students who maintain "A" averages in the different subject areas.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences will be held after school following mid-term reports. We will send notes home with students as these are scheduled. However, just in case the notes don't make it home, parents should feel free to call the school at grade card time to see when the conferences are scheduled, Of course, parents may also wish to talk with teachers at other times to check on a student's progress or to discuss a problem. We would like to encourage parents to feel free to talk with teachers whenever necessary. However, in the interest of efficiency, it is better to schedule conferences of any length so that teachers can make arrangements for their other students during the conference times.

Visitors

We encourage parents to visit the school. However, all visitors must sign-in at the office and receive a visitor pass. Students from other schools may not visit school or classes during the school day.

Medicines

The Sevier County Board of Education acknowledges the fact that students occasionally must take prescription medicine during school time as prescribed by a licensed physician or dentist or non-prescription medicine as requested by a parent/guardian. When medicines must be taken during school hours, the student must be competent to self-administer the medication with assistance and must adhere to the following procedure:

  • Medications must be delivered to the homeroom teacher either by the parent or by the student unless the medication must be retained by the student for immediate administration (such as students with asthma).
  • If the medication is sent with the student, the parent should seal the medication in an envelope to guard the medication during travel from home to school. The medication must be brought to school either in a container appropriately labeled by the pharmacy or physician or in a manufacturer's original container and labeled with ingredients listed and the student's name affixed to the container.
  • Complete written instructions signed by the parent will accompany all medications to include student name, name of medication, name of physician (prescription medicine), time to be administered, dosage, and directions for administering medication, possible side effects (if known), and termination date for administration. Alternatively, parent may pick up a medication administration form from the office or homeroom teacher.
  • The homeroom teacher will keep an accurate record of the administration of the medication, keep the medication in a locked cabinet or room until dosage is administered to the student, and return unused medication to the parent at the termination date.
  • Students failing to follow these procedures will be considered for possible violations of the drug and alcohol abuse policy.

All information about the medicine will be considered confidential.

Severe Weather Closings

Announcements by Director of Schools Jack Parton concerning the closing of schools in Sevier County will be made on local radio and television stations as well as the school system's website (www.sevier.org) and Twitter ( @SevierCoSchools). In the event of an emergency or abrupt closing, the ParentLink messaging service will be utilized. When the primary phone number for a student changes, the primary parent or guardian should contact school officials and request that the child's phone numbers be updated on all enrollment information as well as in the district's messaging system.